France – Rhone, AC Cotes de Rhone-Villages
An incredibly great Grenache displaying the chocolatey edgeness. Aromas and flavours of scorched earth and black fruits. This wine will age immensely, if so, age for a potential of +10 years.
Score: 91 out of 100, Robert Parker Jr., www.erobertparker.com, Oct 2009
France – Midi, Vin de Pays d’Oc
A blend of 62% Cabernet Franc, 28% Syrah and 10% Merlot. Almost inconceivably rich and fat and tremendously under priced. Charasmatically aromatic with mulberry, machine oil and incense. Flavours include; resin, cinnamon, walnut oil, mint tinged dark chocolat and mulberry. You may enjoy it now or savour in another 3+ years.
Score: 4 ½ out of 5, Susan Desjardins, www.winecurrent.com, Oct 2010
South Africa – Stellenbosch
Flavours of creamy red and ripe fruit. Bold lines with white pepper and dried herb notes.
Score: 4 ½ out of 5, Ingrid Motteux, John Platter South African Wines, 2010
Score: 4 out of 5, Susan Desjardins, www.winecurrent.com, Oct 2010
Australia – Padthaway, South Australia
The wine is a blend of 65% Shiraz, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Terribly ripe, sweet, layered with exceptional length and balance. Bursting aromas of spice box, earth notes, blueberry and black currant.
Score: 90 out of 100, Jay Miller, www.erobertparker.com, Feb 2009
New Zealand – Marlborough, South Island
This full bodied wine is complex, crisp, vibrant, zingy and deliciously rich. Extreme concentrated flavours of melons and capsicums.
Score: 5 out 5, Michael Cooper, Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines, 2010